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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Club Night Review: Fuck the Recession at the Rickshaw Stop

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Fuck the Recession at Rickshaw Stop
Last Seen: April 8, 2009
Recurring Club Night? Impromptu.
Better than: The Depression.
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While shallow pockets are becoming the status quo, author, established broke-ass and budget connoisseur Schuffman hosted a party to help alleviate those broke-ass blues. For the $5 cover, Schuffman's party entitled you to free beer while supplies lasted, and a couple of kegs clocked out at an honorable 45 minutes. Not conducive to helping broke-asses get out of the hole, however, were the $7 vodka Red Bulls. Yikes.

Upstairs, several philanthropic vendors from the Indie Mart

enabled freeloaders to pursue their creative talents--for free. DIY

stick-on mustaches, buttons, and macaroni art attracted people like

vultures to a meal. Extra Fuerte accepted donations for their

t-shirts and bags for a marginal penny up to however charitable you

felt like being, and two steps across from them, another vendor

accepted kisses for their screen printing services. Still grumbling?

Spanning the wall on the balcony hung a blank canvas for clever brutes

to denounce our nation's economy or express their losses. "I had to

give up lattes and top-shelf booze." It's a hard life.


week's musical acts included hip hop artist Richie Cunning, and

halfway through the performance, a platter of whiskey shots manifested

near the stage and fans (or friends) passed one off to the artist.

Sugar & Gold rounded out the evening, giving us one last

opportunity to dance the night away and to forget about the daily grind

and hard times that waited for us the next morning.


is throwing a party without some shameless self promotion? Trying to

hustle a buck or two, Schuffman's table neatly laid out Sugar & Gold

t-shirts alongside his books, bumper stickers, and other miscellaneous

paraphernalia. Noticeable motto: "You are young, broke, and beautiful."

Schuffman's crowd emulated exactly that.


night was a refreshing party that helped us all remember that we can

still have fun despite grim times, and all the freebies helped us

remember the enjoyable night.

P.S.: What do we love to hate about the Rickshaw Stop? The smoking room, because we're

too lazy to walk outside to smoke in the cold, and we'd rather endure

roasting our lungs or choke on smoke in the small room.  

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: I missed the free beer and was forced to pay for overpriced drinks.

Random Detail: While most of the parties are impromptu, Broke-Ass

Stuart's next party to look out for is a pub crawl in October. Your

$20 will chauffeur you safely to about 4 or 5 bars around the city and

possibly some drinks on the way. 

By the Way: If you're interested in all things free, check out

Broke-Ass Stuart's site where he regularly updates his readers about

free food, drinks, and more at


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